Although there is insuffuciant evidence to determine the effectiveness of physical activity improving cognition in dementia (Forbes et al 2008). Physical activity can reduce stress and anxiety, which are a common problem in dementia.
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There are plenty of good reasons to keep physically active. We know that what's good for our heart is good for our head.
Physical activities can involve anything that gets the heart working. In the later stages of dementia this can involve simple repetitive movement such as sweeping or raking.
Memory Matters' practitioners' find physical activities can be a great way of getting to know people. A walk in the woods or a lively game of hoopla in a group can all serve as a great communication aid as well as keeping us all healthy!